Tag:San Diego Chargers
Posted on: September 16, 2008 6:20 pm

Preseason Game 4 vs. San Diego Recap

- Alex Smith has steadily improved in every preseason game, at least when it comes to getting rid of the ball quicker. It looked like he was finally throwing the ball to the spot where the receiver was supposed to be and none of his passes were thrown behind the receiver. The first interception was an overthrow but the second was just a great play by that corner. He threw two good passes that could have been touchdowns to Jason Hill an Ashley Lelie but both corners made great plays but he also threw a couple that could have been picked. Shaun Hill looked much worse. He threw one good pass to Hill but other than that attempted only dump-offs and short passes. That interception that he threw we also a lot like Smith's first one but much more overthrown, at least Smith's hit Battle's fingertips

- I like Michael Robinson but he is not a good running back. He has all the physical tools but almost no vision. He is best used a a short yardage back, receiver, and special teams player and I don't think he will ever be a capable running back. Thomas Clayton, on the other hand, has looked amazing. There is no way he is going to clear waivers and he deserves to be on this team. Heck, I would rather see Foster gone because he has done nothing

- Jason Hill has been really impressive and I would say he has had a better preseason than even Josh Morgan . Bryant Johnson looked good, I mean really good, last night and may have won his starting job back. Dominique Zeigler had only one catch but I saw him throwing some nice blocks downfield. Arnaz Battle was running wide open the entire night and if Smith hadn't overthrown him he would have probably had a touchdown. Last night should have been the final nail in Ashley Lelie's coffin but if Martz really likes him that much he will be on the team

- Wow Delanie Walker is fast. I am just amazed that he is our second most athletic tight end. Neither Vernon Davis or Walker really showed much on offense but they didn't have many passes thrown their way. We already knew Billy Bajema was a great blocker but how about that touchdown? He took it right out of the defender's hand

- Both the first and second team offensive lines continued to dominant in pass protection and looked solid in run blocking. Chilo Rachal is starting to look really good and this Brian De La Puente hasn't made a mistake. Joe Staley is looking more and more comfortable, and better of course, with each game. Tony Wragge continues to impress and did anyone notice else Baas playing center last night? I only noticed it a couple of times and I would like to know if he was there all night or if he was moved around.

- Kentwan Balmer was finally making some plays in the second half. He read that screen really well and made a great tackle and was actually starting to either collapse the pocket or take up more than one blocker. Up until this game he had looked terrible so hopefully that is a good sign. Ronald Fields was solid but inconsistent. Two guys that have been surprisingly good this preseason are Walter Curry and Atiyyah Ellison, especially Curry

- Larry Grant put in a solid showing last night and could make the 53-man roster but that dropped interception might have really hurt his case. Jeff Ulbrich continues to look better than Takeo Spikes but that isn't saying much because both looked bad. Manny Lawson looked solid, not bad but nothing special, but will probably be better when the rest of the defensive starters are playing. Dontarrius Thomas looked awful and could have lost his roster spot. Both Tully Banta-Cain and Parys Haralson, maybe even throw Rod Grenn in with them, continue to get pressure. I didn't see Jay Moore. That sack and forced fumble by Dennis Haley was great

- Shawntae Spencer had been really good in the preseason and I think he could be the #2 corner on a lot of teams, like Eric Davis said. Reggie Smith is starting to look like a player with 4 passes defended in the preseason and could work his way up the depth chart pretty far by the end of the season. Mark Roman continued his terrible play from the Bears game and I honestly don't know why he would start over Goldson who has just been flat out better than him all preseason. I didn't see Markus Curry or Tarell Brown, does anyone know if they played? Donald Strickland, after starting the preseason off strong, has gotten progressively worse and there is no way he would make the team without that cap saving clause in his contract. Marcus Hudson might have lost his job when he lost his footing on the game winning touchdown but I would still rather keep him over Brown.

- Andy Lee doesn't seem to be booming punts like last season but hopefully he won't be kicking as much this season. Joe Nedney looked solid as usual.

- The coverage teams were both better with the return of Michael Robinson, like everyone thought they would be. MRob also had an amazing block on the Walker kick return. He absolutely leveled that guy
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